Food Talk – Oreo Brownies

Who doesn’t love Oreo? I mean come on! You have to be a crazy person to not love Oreo. I may not be huge fan of Oreo cookies itself but boy! The kind of things you make with these yummy cookies is what intrigues me. I first fell in love with the ultimate oreo shake when I had it at Rendezvous Islamabad. It tasted soooo amazing!!! I used to drag my sister and friends with me there just to have the oreo shake. Nope! not ashamed at all! 😉 Now my kids love Oreo shake as much as I do. But anyway enough about the shake lol.
Moving on I came across this recipe sometime back and it is very very nice, I think you might just love it as much as i did. Let me give you a little history about my love for brownies. My Dad makes some really kick-ass  brownies and he used to make them every week. Which means that there was always something to look forward to each week, because there is nothing like fresh right out of the oven brownies. He pampered me so much before I got married, now I don’t get to spend so much time with him as I’m in a different country altogether but those days are as fresh as ever in my memory. People back in my country celebrated Father’s day on the 18th of June and it falls on the 21st here in UAE. Let your old man feel special because he IS very special! Cherish the time you have with your parents as that time never comes back.

Okay I’m clearly getting a little emotional so let’s move onto this Oreo version of the brownie. Get your notepads and note down what all you will need

Ingredients:

Oreo cookies as required (set aside for later use)
Unsweetened chocolate 340grams
Unsalted butter 225grams
Melt the two together in microwave. Now add the following
Large eggs 6
Sugar 3 cups
All purpose flour 1 cup (sifted)
Vanilla Extract 2 Tbsp
Vinegar 1/2 teaspoon
Fold all the ingredients in gently using a spatula.

Now that you have this ready it would be a good idea to get your oven running so it’s nice and warm for baking. It has to be set at 180 degree celsius.

Now take a pan, grease it well, pour half of the brownie mixture over it and spread evenly. Now comes the fun part, take Oreo cookies and lay them over it. Add more brownie mixture and another layer of Oreo cookies but this time cut into halves.
It’s time for your pan to take its place inside the oven, bake for 28 to 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick and if it comes out clean, it means that your brownies are ready to be served/gobbled upon (Ahhh yes!)

Serve your brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you want. I like mine with a beautiful cup of tea. Your kids are going to kiss your hands and give you unlimited hugs and kisses for this one.

Enjoy yourselves!

Signing off
Sonya Ali

 

Weekend Chit Chat

Hey everyone! Hope Ramadan is going well for you all. I have not really been MIA just crazy busy with my little ones and home. Gosh we don’t realize how much of an effort goes into our days and nights. It’s only when you get time to be by yourself and really breath, is when you get to ponder over the fact that it’s a lot of work. So all the people out there, men or women, who take out so much of their time to be with their families and do anything and everything to make them happy, Hats off to US! 🙂 I do however try to stay active on Instagram so that I stay connected with you all. For those of you who are not on my Instagram can follow me, my ID is  sonyalee1. Let’s connect! 🙂

For those of you who don’t know yet, the official page for Wings & Strokes is www.facebook.com/wingsandstrokes. You can find Wings and Strokes on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and YouTube.

Moving on let’s talk about the weekend. Ramadan has us all busy here, but I do have to point out that it relieves us of the daily task of preparing lunch for the family. I still have to prepare something for the kids of course.

This weekend has been extremely lazy, I fell very sick and that drained me of the much needed energy. Still managed to take the kids out for a bit, they deserve a break as much as we adults do. Found some really neat things for the house (i’m obsessed with my home and home decor) you can easily call me The Desperate Housewife, most of my friends call me that. Watched a great movie with my kiddies, it’s not something new but definitely worth it. It’s called Game Plan. It’s super cute and my older one loved it. The Rock really does justice to his character and I adorrrrrrred him in this one. Parenting is indeed the most beautiful thing on earth. I feel fortunate to have been blessed with wonderful children who make my world beautiful and my life worth living. I hope and pray that I can help them become worthy people as they grow up.

Also I wanted to tell you that I am starting a new section in the blog talking about everything related to ‘Home‘. Really excited about that. I spend most of my time at home with my children. I have been working from home as well. As this is the place where I spend most of my time, I find myself doing something or the other throughout the day. This is something I’m very passionate about so expect a lot of home related posts. (Like seriously)

Big question for you all. I know most of you open W&S on your phones but I wonder if you have had the chance to open it on your desktops or laptops? Do try it once, and let me know what you think of the layout of the blog. I think you might just like it more, I prefer to open it on laptop (self obsession, yesss).  So the weekend ends here in UAE tomorrow and begins in most parts of the world. What are your plans? I plan to lose weight lol but then again that’s what I plan everyday 😉

Some of my friends want me to put my name on the posts which I never do as I didn’t really want this to be about me but I feel that it’s good to connect, it’s “time” to connect! I have been blogging for two years now, Wings & Strokes is two years old, I have neatly kept my name out of it for this long and spoken about people and things that inspire me. Even though I don’t post regularly these days but I promise to fix that so we get to know each other more. Thank you for visiting, reading and staying for a bit. Means the world to me!

Enjoy the weekend!

Love,

Sonya

Beat the Heat with our Summer skin care tips

 

Summer is here and it is impossible to beat the heat and sun rays that constantly damage our skin and hair. Let’s begin by finding ways to minimize the damage and make the most of this weather.

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Your best bet is to make friends with H2O. That’s right! It is extremely important to stay hydrated. Water just about covers all, takes care of your internal and external problems. Keep in mind that if you drink a lot of caffeinated beverages, triple your water intake.

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  • Your lips need attention like your skin. Use a richly textured lip balm with an SPF 15 and reapply when outdoors.

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  • Keep your skin hydrated with masques,  you will find many things that work wonders for your skin right in your own kitchen, cucumber for instance works for your eyes and rest of the face both, i would personally skip a cucumber masque and apply the cool cucumber directly for better results.

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  • Cleansing. Toning. Moisturizing! Toners are a refreshing moisturizer prep, working to even out skin porosity.Yes, your skin needs a moisturizer in summers considering the amount of heat it will be taking in every day. Choose something that feels incredibly light on your skin.

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  • It’s not enough to just apply sunscreen.: you must apply enough, and apply frequently. A teaspoon for the face. For the body, about as much as would fill a shot glass.Stay out of the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever you can and of course choose an oil free product.
  • A tan may be a popular summer look, but it indicates damage. Bombard your skin with age-fighting ingredients to help undo any damage that may occur, and to further protect it from the aging effects of UV.

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  • Take a cold shower, as hot showers further damage your skin and scalp.

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  • Embrace the goodness of summer fruits. Melon is a fruit of choice for beautiful summer skin for treating skin from within. The sweet delicious fruit is rich in antioxidants and delivers a unique hydration to the skin, resulting in a radiant complexion. It is believed that it can actually boost your SPF by several factors.

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  • Don’t forget your hands.The thin skin on your hands wrinkles and pigments easily, so be sure to use sunblock daily. I neglected my hands last year and got a terrible tan with all the driving and sun exposure.

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  • The best tool for an even summer skin tone is probably already in your fridge. Cut a large strawberry in half, take a fork and poke at the flesh to awaken the juices, then swipe it across your face in small circles.Leave it on for about two minutes, then rinse off. This will brighten sun and age spots over time.

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  • Invest in a pair of good sunglasses and a large hat if you like to wear one otherwise a small umbrella should do the trick.

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  • Want to freshen your feet after a day in hot shoes? Soak them for 30 minutes in warm water that’s been infused with a pot of strong black tea.

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    Summers can be long and so its up to you to make the most of it! If you have useful tips to share, feel free to comment below.

    Happy Summers! 🙂